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The Psychological Aftermath of Hurricanes
Susan Scutti  |  CNN
After Katrina, incidences of PTSD among the local population increased from 15 percent to 21 percent. Will we see the same after Harvey and Irma?

How Telepsychiatry Is Carving Out its Healthcare Niche
Rajiv Leventhal  |  Healthcare Informatics
Because 55 percent of U.S. counties have no practicing psychiatrist and 4,600 areas of the country experience mental health shortages, and because it works, telepsychiatry is growing.

Hurricanes Highlight Healthcare IT Improvement, Expose Gaps
Irv Lichtenwald  |  HITinsight
In the 12 years since Katrina, healthcare IT has worked to make sure similar natural calamities are less disastrous. Harvey and Irma provided the opportunity to evaluate progress. 

Schizophrenia Linked to Threefold Increase in Death Risk
Catharine Paddock, PhD  |  Medical News Today
Over the period of study, average life span for schizophrenics rose about 3 years, just as it did for the study population. But the stubborn 8-year gap in life expectancy remained. 

Loneliness Epidemic Growing into Biggest Threat to Public Health
Janice Wood  |  PsychCentral
About 42 million Americans over age 45 suffer from chronic loneliness, according to study estimates, which correlates with a 50 percent greater risk of early death.

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